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EQAF 2019 - 14th European Quality Assurance Forum - Supporting societal engagement of higher education

Date :  du 21-11-2019 au 23-11-2019

Lieu :  Berlin

Organisation :  European University Association (EUA)

Hosted by Technische Universität Berlin

Programme : 

The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in quality assurance (QA). Specifically, the Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2019 EQAF, entitled ‘Supporting societal engagement of higher education’, will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions that will take place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance. The Forum provides an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and extend their professional development.

Societal demands on higher education are changing and becoming more complex. Higher education institutions need to foster academic excellence in research, drive innovation and ensure through high-quality teaching that graduates have the knowledge and skills that prepare them for their future careers and role as active citizens. To do this successfully, institutions are expected to engage internal and external stakeholders, and entertain partnerships with industry actors, their local and regional environment, and often in collaboration with other higher education institutions. This year’s EQAF will explore how external and internal QA processes can support engaged higher education institutions in developing activities that meet the expectations and needs of all stakeholders and demonstrate their value to society.

Plenary Session I: Strengthening universities’ position in society
A keynote presentation on the societal dimension of higher education: How do and can higher education institutions define their role in society? And what kind of strategies and activities can universities implement that demonstrate their contribution to society? A responding comment will bring in the QA perspective on these matters.
• Peter Maassen, University of Oslo, Norway
• Fiona Crozier, Independent Quality Assurance Consultant, United Kingdom
• Chaired by Barbara Michalk, German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)

Plenary Session II: The value of stakeholder input
A panel of diverse stakeholders will explore what it means to be a stakeholder in higher education and how different stakeholder groups can contribute to development of higher education. Questions explored will include whether all stakeholder groups should be considered as equally relevant and central for universities to achieve their objectives and ensure the quality of their activities.
• Karin Åmossa, European Trade Union Committee for Education
• Blaženka Divjak, Croatian Ministry of Science and Education
• Gohar Hovhannisyan, ESU
• Chaired by Jens Jungblut, EQAF Programme Committee

Parallel Plenary Session I: Perspectives on QA
Participants will have a choice of attending one of three parallel sessions presenting various projects or initiatives in QA.
• Trends in internal and external quality assurance: a global study

  • Susanna Karakhanyan, International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
  • Chaired by Ronny Heintze, EQAF Programme Committee

• Translating the ESG into practice: evidence from external quality assurance reports

  • Maria Manatos, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Rainer Arnold, ASIIN, Germany
  • Chaired by Karl Dittrich, EQAR

• The role of QA in fostering inclusiveness

  • Nina de Winter, ESU
  • Vera Jost, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Klara Engels-Perenyi, European Commission
  • Chaired by Øystein Lund, NOKUT

Parallel Plenary Session II: Perspectives on QA
Participants will have a choice of attending one of three parallel sessions presenting various projects or initiatives in QA.
• Student-centred learning: approaches to quality-assurance

  • Anna Gover, EUA
  • Helene Peterbauer, EUA
  • Chaired by Aleksandar Šušnjar, EQAF Programme Committee

• An independence index of quality assurance agencies: European and Latin American countries compared

  • Jacint Jordana, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Chaired by Christoph Grolimund, ENQA

• Implementing sustainable development in higher education

  • Marta Fonolleda, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education of Andorra
  • Maria Kirrane, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Monika Skadborg, ESU
  • Chaired by Marieke Janssen, EQAF Programme Committee

Plenary Session III: The scope of QA
This session asks what kind of external QA we need for the future and whether existing practices need to change in order to keep pace with changes in higher education.
• Sokratis Katsikas, Open University of Cyprus
• Anne Flierman, NVAO, the Netherlands
• Chaired by Tia Loukkola, EQAF Programme Committee


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Le résumés des communications sont rassemblés dans un document téléchargeable (pdf, 11 pages).

mot(s) clé(s) :  enseignement supérieur, qualité de l'éducation